Highlights: Perpetual Movement


As the home of dance in the North and guardian of the world’s largest collection of LS Lowry works, it only seems natural to combine art & dance in our gallery spaces. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Rambert is the nation’s oldest dance company and in our 16 years, it’s fair to say that we’ve worked with them in our theatres quite a lot. Perpetual Movement brings both art and dance together under one roof in new and exciting ways. And is a demonstration of Marie Rambert’s (Rambert’s founder) quest to continually move both body and mind.

Here’s my top three highlights of Perpetual Movement.


Micheala Zimmer

Zimmer collaborated with Rambert dancers and choreographers for Perpetual Movement. As you enter the exhibition you’re greeted by seven large canvases draped in PE film. The markings on each of the canvasses show Zimmer’s physical limitations of movement.

Moving from right to left we move through colours of the rainbow starting with red, blue and pink, moving on to black, grey and finishing at white. It takes a while for my eyes to adjust to the textural layers and I find myself moving backwards & forwards to really understand her work. It’s clear that I have become a dancer of sorts myself in this room as I engage with the work physically.


Goshka Macuga

Macuga is an internationally recognized artist, and a secret dancer. ‘End of Line’ is made up of two conveyor belts that come alive at the weekends when dancers Otis Cameron Carr and Antonette Dayrir perform on them. During the week two large scrolls of paper sit on top of the conveyor belts. Upon these scrolls art geeks will notice familiar works from Egon Schiele and Picasso which have been reproduced via a mechanical hand.


The Rambert Archive

As the nation’s oldest Dance Company, Rambert’s archive is extensive & mesmerizing.

My favourite piece from the archive has to be the cabinet displaying three books of music paper. On the paper you won’t find a crotchet or a quaver. Instead, a strange kind of marking lies in their place. This kind of notation is really interesting to see. Like music notes, it is a language for dance. If you know what each marking stands for, there’s no reason why you couldn’t perform your very own Rambert dance.

Perpetual Movement is a celebration of 90 years of Rambert. And boy, what a good way to highlight the achievements and possibilities of dance. The exhibition continues until Sunday 26 February so make sure you catch it before it takes a bow and exits stage left. For more info visit the website.

Written by Rachel Wrigley, Communications Assistant at The Lowry.